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Selenium
Recommended daily allowance: 70 mcg (micrograms)

Symptoms of deficiency: Possible link to the development of heart disease.

Benefits: Protects eyes from cataracts and the heart from muscle damage. Antioxidant. May reduce cancer risk.

Good food sources: Shell fish, whole grains, brazil nuts, vegetables, eggs, chicken.

Cautions: Consult a doctor before taking doses over 100 mcg.

Substance interactions: Does not mix with Vitamin C. Take 30 minutes apart.

Signs of toxicity: Avoid mega-doses. May cause dizziness and nausea, alopecia, loss of nails and hair, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, persistent garlic-breath, metallic taste in mouth.

* Preliminary studies show that selenium may prevent HIV turning into full- blown AIDS.

* Combine with Vitamin E for an excellent anti-oxidant, which will in turn protect the body from free radicals.

* Avoid selenium marked "sodium selenite.

" Selenium labeled "l- selenomethionine" is less likely to cause side effects and won't react with vitamin C to block selenium absorption.

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